I bought a Denon DP59L for $200 from an estate sale two days ago for instant gratification with my newly acquired record collection while I decide on and wait for my turntable of choice. It seems cosmetically and mechanically flawless. It has an integrated Denon "Servo Tracker" tonearm and a AT-OC9ML/II MC cartridge. I was told that the cartridge was played less than 3 hours and the table less than 20 hrs FWIW. I hooked it up to the phono section of a Classe CP-60 preamp that I had laying around.
While the table looks pretty for the price, it sounds bad. It is thin and shrill sounding even with a couple of MFSL 180 gram LP's that I got. Its bass is almost nonexistent and sloppy. However, it renders Morrissey's maxi-single Everyday Is Like a Sunday with surprising air, smoothness and body. I cannot figure it out. While I'm certainly no turntable expert, I think I know the basics of setting up one. Before I exited vinyl, I had an Immedia RPM-2 table and arm and I was instructed how to set it up by the late and great Leo Massi.
Is this turntable:
a. just a really bad table/arm/cartridge/combination that is beyond redemption
b. is there a quick fix to improve the sound dramatically for a couple of months while I get a better piece
or c. am I just missing something obvious and easy with the setup?